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UNC Jumps Five Spots to No. 15 in AP Men’s Basketball Top 25

Back-to-back wins–a blowout over Boston College at home and a thriller against Notre Dame on the road–helped move UNC up five spots to No. 15 in this week’s Associated Press men’s basketball Top 25. The Tar Heels had previously dropped to No. 20, their lowest ranking of the season, after losing two straight ACC games on the road at Florida State and at Virginia. (Chapelboro.com)

Seventh Woods Cleared for Shooting, But No Clarity on Return

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams on Seventh Woods's injured foot. "Now they’ve released him to start shooting some, but not a lot at that, so he’s still quite a bit away from being ready to play. But it’s just a process that you have to go through.” If Woods continues to miss games deep into the ACC season, he would be eligible for a medical hardship waiver. (Inside Carolina)

As We Approach Tournament Time, Should Your Team Be Worried?

The Tar Heels are hard to peg. They lost to Wofford, nearly lost to Wake Forest, lost twice on the road, then scraped by a shorthanded Notre Dame team. But there’s no glaring weakness aside from allowing teams to take too many threes. Getting to the line and finding more outside shooting would help, but UNC looks like it will settle in as a pretty good team. (Sports Illustrated)

When UNC can expect to get Seventh Woods back

Seventh Woods suffered an early December stress fracture to his left foot. The injury required Woods to wear a boot through much of December. Roy Williams mentioned during his Jan. 8 radio show that Woods is no longer wearing the boot or using crutches. But he hasn’t yet been cleared to run, and Williams didn’t give any timetable for when he might be able to practice again. (ACC Sports Journal)

Tar Heels need to find a rhythm if they want to run with the country's best

It had been a perplexing night for North Carolina – another one – and anyone wanting the current status of the Tar Heels needed only to ask the man standing outside the locker room. Roy Williams had two words to describe himself at the moment. “Frustrated,” he said. “And challenged.” Nothing shabby about their 14-4 record, but nothing that reassuring, either. (NCAA.com)

James Worthy, Sam Perkins among NBA greats moved by National Civil Rights Museum and legacy of MLK

Penny Hardaway motioned to Sam Perkins. “Hey, Perkins, look,” he said. Hardaway pointed to a photo of a black man hanging from a noose, along with a sign that said, “This (N-word) voted.” They stood there in silence, soon joined by another NBA great, James Worthy, contemplating the reality of this country’s history of violence against black men and women. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Behind Clemson’s improbable winless streak at North Carolina

Clemson plays at North Carolina Tuesday night, and that means it’s time to bring one of college basketball’s more remarkable streaks out of the closet for another updating. 0-58. That’s the Tigers’ all-time record in Chapel Hill. Over nine decades starting in 1926, on four different North Carolina home courts, through 14 Clemson coaches and 16 U.S. presidents. 0-58. (NCAA.com)

Mavs’ Barnes on MLK Day: His message now is more prevalent than it’s ever been

Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes had a message for the American Airlines Center crowd on Saturday. He took the microphone before the Mavericks faced the Los Angeles Lakers, addressing the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. “His [King’s] message of equality for everyone is more important than ever,” Barnes told the crowd, who responded with a nice ovation. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

The 4 Clemson teams who had the best chance to break the Tigers' winless streak at UNC

In one of the most improbable streaks in college basketball, Clemson is 0-58 all-time on the road against North Carolina. But this year, the 19th-ranked Tigers (15-2) are in second place in the ACC. Tuesday, they travel to Chapel Hill to face No. 20 UNC (14-4). Clemson has been ranked ahead of UNC just twice in the 58 previous matchups between the two teams in Chapel Hill. (NCAA.com)

Q&A with Jerry Stackhouse: On bad officiating, vegan diets

The defending G-League champion Raptors 905 played the perfect host to the NBA G League Showcase. The refereeing left much to be desired in a season where that has caused much consternation between players and officials. That seemed like an appropriate place to start an interview with 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse, a two-time all-star during his playing days. (SportsNet.ca)

Joel Berry delivers message to teammates

Saturday’s win was the first on the road in ACC play for the North Carolina Tar Heels but it wasn’t easy. The win could have very well been a loss for the Tar Heels as Notre Dame missed a game-winning attempt with no time left after the ball bounced off the rim. Following the game, senior Joel Berry decided it was time to speak up and make a statement to the team. (Keeping It Heel)

Kennedy Meeks Among Standouts at All-NBA G League Showcase

Ten standouts from the NBA G League Showcase were announced Saturday following the four-day event at the Hershey Centre and adjoining SportZone, home of Raptors 905, in Mississauga, Ontario. The event featured each of the league’s 26 teams playing two regular-season games apiece. Former UNC forward Kennedy Meeks was named to the second team. (NBA.com)

Seventh Woods Set for MRI

North Carolina’s Seventh Woods is scheduled for a MRI on Sunday to check the status of the stress fracture in his right foot. The sophomore point guard has missed UNC’s last 11 games with the injury. “It’s feeling better,” Woods said on Saturday. “We’ll get a MRI when we get back tomorrow. If it looks good, we’ll try to take the next step and start running and jumping.” (Inside Carolina)

UNC by the numbers: Which lineups worked best at Notre Dame

The Tar Heels were out-rebounded by Notre Dame 45-37 on Saturday. There are few things — his wife, children, grandchildren — that Roy Williams cares more about than rebounding. The starting lineup (Joel Berry-Kenny Williams-Cameron Johnson-Theo Pinson-Luke Maye) was on the floor together for 11 minutes and 21 seconds on Saturday and was out-rebounded 16-7. (Charlotte Observer)

Luck of the [Tar Heels]

Using some sort of combination of grit and luck, UNC men's basketball edged a depleted Notre Dame squad, 69-68, in a back-and-forth game on the road in South Bend, Ind. It was the first ACC road win for the No. 20 Tar Heels (14-4, 3-2 ACC) after two losses at Florida State and Virginia, despite 20 offensive rebounds from the Fighting Irish (13-5, 3-2 ACC). (Argyle Report)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 87
Clemson: 79
Tue, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Jan 20, 2:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27, 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia5-015-1
(5) Duke4-216-2
(20) Clemson4-215-3
(15) North Carolina4-215-4
Georgia Tech3-110-7
Boston College3-314-6
Notre Dame3-313-6
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-312-5
NC State2-312-6
Florida State2-413-5
Wake Forest1-48-9

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